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Dr Pepper Chicken is a family favorite and such an easy meal. The kids love when Dr. Pepper Chicken Sliders are on the menu for the week. You seriously will not believe how easy they are!

Close up image of shredded BBQ Chicken in the slow cooker and a serving on a spoon
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We love crockpot recipes and this Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Chicken does not disappoint. We enjoy it year round but it is especially nice in the Summer for a quick meal.

I love that we can do something fun as a family and spend less time in the kitchen. This really is perfect for Summer activities or busy weeks during the school year. You may even like these Crockpot Dr. Pepper Ribs for a crowd pleasing meal.

Another family favorite is this Crock pot Sweet Djion Chicken Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

Slow cooking chicken makes the best meal idea. This easy dinner is great for parties and sliders are great when you need smaller portions. Plus, this meal is very easy and takes little preparation.

The ingredients are simple and the chicken turns out tender, juicy and full of flavor.


Dr Pepper Chicken ingredients Chicken, BBQ Sauce, Dr Pepper, Garlic, Onion, Hawaiian Rolls
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • BBQ Sauce any kind will work
  • Dr Pepper
  • Minced Garlic
  • Onion, chopped or slices I do chopped to help “hide” them from the kids
  • Hawaiian Rolls
  • Topping Ideas – sliced red onion, sharp cheddar cheese, more BBQ sauce

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Variations Ideas

  • BBQ Sauce – You can use any type of BBQ Sauce that you prefer. We really like making homemade but Sweet Baby Rays is always a family favorite store bought option.
  • Chicken – Feel free to use boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe if you prefer. You can also use pulled pork for a delicious variation.
  • Seasoning – You can also add in different seasoning if you prefer. We like to add in salt and pepper with garlic salt and onion powder for added flavor.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – In a slow cooker, combine the chicken, BBQ, onion and Dr Pepper.
Placing the chicken and the other ingredients in the slow cooker
  • Step 2 – Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred.
Shredded BBQ Chicken in the slow cooker
  • Step 3 – Serve BBQ Chicken on Hawaiian rolls with your favorite toppings.

Recipe Tips

  • Chicken – You can put the chicken in the slow cooker frozen or thawed. Cooking time may change slightly, but we usually cook on low for about 6 hours either way.
  • Shredded Chicken – Shred the chicken with two fork or Learn How to Shred Chicken with a hand mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment.
Close up image of shredded BBQ on a spoon

Serving Ideas

However, there are so many really easy side dishes I also love to make with these chicken sliders.

Some of our favorites include:

How to Use Leftover Dr Pepper Chicken

The possibilities are endless for leftovers. In fact, we love it so much that I try to intentionally have leftovers.

You can make chicken sandwiches, quesadillas and chimichangas for an easy weeknight meal. The shredded chicken is also great on a salad or in lettuce wraps.

Dr Pepper Chicken slider

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. We think it taste even better the next day as the barbecue sauce and Dr Pepper marinate even more in the chicken.

How to Reheat

We usually reheat in the microwave but if you have a lot left over, we recommend reheating on the stovetop.

Can I Freeze?

Yes, you can freeze leftovers in a freezer safe container. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Dr Pepper Chicken

4.94 from 30 votes
I have a fun bbq chicken recipe for you to try today – dr pepper bbq chicken recipe. You can make this in your crock pot for a delicious chicken sandwich.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 493


  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups BBQ Sauce any kind will work
  • 1 can Dr Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 onion -chopped or slices I do chopped to help “hide” them from the kids
  • 24 hawaiian rolls
  • Topping ideas sliced red onion, sharp cheddar cheese, more BBQ sauce
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  • In a slow cooker, combine the chicken, bbq, onion and Dr Pepper.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred.
  • Serve on hawaiian rolls with your favorite toppings.

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Recipe Notes

My kids couldn’t believe that they were eating Dr Pepper with this chicken recipe. You will love this recipe!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 493kcal, Carbohydrates 75g, Protein 21g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 66mg, Sodium 1023mg, Potassium 310mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 36g, Vitamin A 207IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 33mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Carrie says:

    Yes, diet coke would be delicious in this recipe too. Any dark color soda would work great!

  2. Heidi says:

    I just saw this recipe and was so excited. My two favorite things are Bbq sauce and Diet Dr Pepper. Can I use diet soda? I haven’t used my crockpot in awhile but will definitely try this soon!

  3. Wendy says:

    5 stars
    This was so amazing! We did dinner on buns and had leftovers for taters! Added to the Dinner Plans!

  4. Elizabeth K. says:

    5 stars
    The Dr. Pepper chicken turned out delicious. I’m definitely saving this recipe to make in the future. The first time I made it, I used a sweet vidalia onion bbq sauce, which made the dish extra sweet (which my family likes). For a more traditional taste, I would stick with a traditional bbq sauce.

  5. Melissa Prigel says:

    Fast, easy, cheap & delicious